It’s been an all-Syria morning, but a few other news items are emerging beneath the drama. Here are some midday bites:

* Bezos announces intention to create a “new golden era” for WaPo.

* Times‘ Healy provides an update on the final week of the state senate recall campaign in Colorado, a soon-to-be-legendary slugfest of national gun groups.

* At TNR Jeffrey Rosen explains why DOJ suit against Texas could lead to another SCOTUS decision gutting another VRA section.

* The ever-optimistic Greg Sargent suggests that the Syria crisis could give Boehner an “escape hatch” from the trap he’s laid for himself on fiscal issues. Hope Greg’s right.

* By contrast, Wonkblog‘s Neil Irwin offers a basket of buzz-killing thoughts about trajectory of the economy.

And in non-political news:

* Connick, Lopez & Urban announced as American Idol judges.

Here’s some more Merle, from back in 1968, as we break for lunch:

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.